Youth Dharma Program
PIMC Youth Dharma Program
PIMC’s Youth Dharma Program is a space for children to bring their whole selves. We offer meaningful opportunities to learn Buddhist teachings and values through engaging activities, stories, games, and art while making friends and having fun!
Children ages 5-13 are invited to join us every 2nd and 4th Sunday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. One parent or caregiver must be present at PIMC while their child attends the program and will need to complete a registration form prior to attending.
We welcome children of all gender identities, races, ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds, and religions.
In order to create a safe space and a peaceful sangha, each child must be able to engage cooperatively in a small group setting. Parents and caregivers are welcome to accompany their child if their child is in need of additional support. Our intention is to be as inclusive as possible while ensuring a safe and welcoming space for all in attendance.
If you value the opportunity for children to develop mindfulness and cultivate compassion practices, please consider making a donation to the Youth Dharma Program’s virtual Dana bowl or purchasing something from the program’s wish list. These donations allow us to maintain our program and provide enriching activities for our children. We appreciate your generosity and support!
We look forward to welcoming your child to the Youth Dharma Program Children’s Sangha!
Dana and Generosity
While there is no cost to enroll in the program, we do rely on the generosity of parent, family, and community support to keep the program funded. If you’re able, please consider a suggested donation of $20 per child, per class. This supports the teachers and provides engaging activities, games, and arts and crafts for the children.
Financial donations are gratefully accepted through our virtual Dana bowl which you may access online:
The program’s wish list is another way to contribute and can be accessed here:
Lead Teacher, Youth Dharma Program
Noelle Wittliff is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in trauma resiliency. She also provides Mindful Parenting training and consultation and has been supporting kids, teens, and families for 20 years.
Having grown up in Asia and the United States, Noelle has been practicing mindfulness for almost three decades. She’s certified by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield to teach mindfulness meditation and other compassion-based awareness practices.
As a mother of two, she honors the dignity and humanity of all children and understands that we’re each born with an inherent capacity for presence and kindness. Her teaching style is supportive and engaging and she is passionate about making mindfulness and compassion practices accessible to all ages.
Dharma Teacher, Mindfulness Coach, founder of the Online Meditation Community
Trina brings a uniquely heartwarming approach to her teachings of the Dharma. Born into a Buddhist family in Vietnam, she grew up around monastics and spent much of her youth at the local Buddhist temples and retreats. Trina blends the eastern ceremonial and devotional aspects of the Mahayana tradition with the practical, systematic methods of the Theravada tradition. For two decades, she studied under monastic guidance with masters such a Thich Nhat Hanh, Master Shen Yen and influenced by Ajahn Sona and Bhante Guanaratana. She began practicing in the Theravada tradition in 2013.
Trina has received the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training and teaches Mindfulness workshops to underserved communities such as prisons and inner cities, and to business groups and young professionals.
She coaches people in maintaining a consistent ongoing practice and hosts an online meditation group that sits 365 days of the year consisting of regular members from all around the country. Trina is passionate about building mindful communities, and creating environment for people to practice for longer periods of time.